Toshiba has been quite secretive regarding the development of its li-ion SCiB battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs). As of late last year, the battery maker remained confident that its SCiB technology would eventually find its way into EVs produced by several automakers. And then a couple months back, Toshiba announced that it was continuing to develop the SCiB technology with the help of several undisclosed automakers. Now, Toshiba has formally announced a partnership with Mitsubishi that will speed the development and use of the SCiB li-ion technology.

As Toshiba states, it will collaborate with Mitsubishi Motors to bring SCiB batteries into the EV marketplace as quickly as possible. Details of the partnership are limited and Toshiba did not reveal any additional information about the partnership at this time. However, the company did add that development of the SCiB is moving along. As Toshiba states, the SCiB battery offers an exceptionally long life of up to 20 years, is capable of accepting 6,000-plus charges and is rapid recharge ready. Toshiba believes that its SCiB battery will revolutionize the industry by extending EV range while also offering a more durable, safer alternative to traditional li-ion batteries. It remains to be seen if automakers will make the leap over to Toshiba's SCiB technology, but the company's specs for the battery certainly look promising. Follow the jump for more info from Toshiba. Hat tip to David!

[Source: Toshiba]


PRESS RELEASE

Toshiba Accelerates Development of SCiB™ Rechargeable Battery for Electric Vehicles

TOKYO-Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it is working with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (TOKYO:7211) to bring the SCiB™ battery to electric vehicles (EV). The SCiB™ is Toshiba's breakthrough rechargeable lithium-ion battery that combines high levels of safety with a long life and rapid recharging, characteristics that make it highly suited to application in electric vehicles.

The SCiB™ module now under development houses the SCiB™ cells that utilizes the capabilities of the SCiB™ to the full: It optimizes usage of individual cells in the battery and this, along with the long life cycle of the SCiB™, adds to the overall durability of the battery over different cruising distances.

In bringing the SCiB™ to EV, Toshiba has developed a new original anode material and a new electrolyte that enhances both safety and rapid recharging. The long life of the SCiB™ will promote reduction in the waste that results from battery replacement and will contribute to a society that is required to save energy and reduce environmental loads.

Toshiba positions the SCiB™ as a new business with promising long term growth potential-and one that is already showing its versatility, as the SCiB™ has already been selected for an electric bicycle, an electric motorcycle, and as part of the power storage in a microgrid system. Toshiba will produce SCiB™ for industrial applications, including EV and power storage, at Kashiwazaki Operations, a new facility in Niigata prefecture that is slated to start production in 2011. In the EV sector, Toshiba will move ahead by establishing an operating structure for promoting sales and marketing activities that will secure orders and allow it to respond quickly to market growth.

For more about SCiB™, please visit Toshiba's website: http://www.scib.jp/en/


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